Headaches are interesting to me as a Chiropractor in Lafayette, LA, because they come in many different patterns and severities. You can suffer from a dull ache in the front of your head, to throbbing pain right at the base of the skull. Headaches can even be so severe that you can’t see properly. The fact remains that headaches are not created equal, instead they vary in severity, symptoms, and cause. Treating all headaches with migraine medicine will only help to treat migraines, not many of the other forms of headaches.
Types of Headaches
Below we will list a few different types of headaches, their common pain distribution, and finally a simple solution that may help.
Migraines are a type of headache that can vary in intensity. Usually presenting unilaterally (on one side of the head). Sometimes these types of headaches are preceded by wanting symptoms. Migraines can also be brought on by certain triggers. These triggers include hormone changes, certain foods, certain drinks, stress, exercise, and certain smells. Is a very common disorder that affects roughly 3 million people per year. They can last for years or be lifelong. They can be accompanied by nausea, dizziness, and feeling lightheaded. It is also common for people who suffer from migraine headaches in Lafayette, LA to become irritable, have tenderness on their head, and even suffer from nasal congestion.
Tension headaches are very common type of headache. Most of the time they are caused by tension. This can be related to stress, anxiety, and even depression. Tension headaches usually present with a hat band tight distribution. Pain can be on one side but usually is on both sides the head. You can also explains pain in your face, muscles, or neck. Related symptoms include difficulty falling asleep, fear of loud or sudden sounds, or sensitivity to light. Tension headaches resolve within days to weeks usually but can linger.
There are about 200,000 US cases of cluster headaches every year. These headaches usually present in a pattern or cluster. People suffer from cluster headaches have bouts of frequent attacks that may last from weeks to months followed by long periods of relief. During remission headaches may stop for months or years. These attacks are sharp, extremely painful headaches that tend to occur several times in a row and usually happen in same time every day for weeks.
Headache Treatment in Lafayette, LA
Luckily headaches respond very well to our treatment. Our chiropractors at Cavanaugh Chiropractic in Lafayette, LA use a natural approach to treatment by restoring motion to joints and helping muscles regain their proper length and tone. We use adjustments to induce motion of restricted joints and passive therapies like intersegmental traction and muscle stimulation to help relieve pain and decrease inflammation.
However, not everyone response to the same treatment. For the stubborn headaches, we have 2 different forms of spinal decompression. The decompression treatment will relieve stress on the discs, nerves, muscles, joints, and tendons.
You shouldn’t have to suffer with headaches. If you or someone you know has been suffering with headaches, call our office to schedule your appointment today.